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Former ND teacher charged with smashing $6,695 school printer with hammer


NEW TOWN, N.D. – A former New Town teacher appeared in district court in Stanley Thursday on a charge that he destroyed a printer at the high school with a hammer in February.

Lukas Jeremy Kostelecky, 37, whose address is now listed in court records in Dickinson, is charged with Class C felony criminal mischief.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Kostelecky came into a classroom at the vocational building on Feb. 27 carrying a hammer in a grocery bag. He used the tool to smash the printer to pieces. The printer was valued at $6,695. Kostelecky denied smashing the printer when he spoke with police. Several witnesses heard the banging but didn't actually see him do it.

Kostelecky has resigned from the New Town school district and is no longer employed there, according to school officials.

Kostelecky could face up to five years in prison if convicted.